Author Archives: Vignesh Ramakrishnan from CarPal

Which is the better pick between the Ford Figo, Tata Altroz and Volkswagen Polo?

The Altroz, Figo and Polo are compelling cars, each in their own way and can make it very confusing for anyone considering these three options.

To decide between the three, its better to look at the differences – both objective and subjective, to help arrive at a logical conclusion.

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Is there a more economical alternative to the Volkswagen Polo TSI when it comes to build quality and high power?

There are lots of things that the Polo that make it the Polo – be it the steering feel or the torque output at around 2000 RPM from the 1.0L TSI engine.

But yes, it is quite too expensive for its size and practicality. Maintenance cost too, is on the higher side.

There is no direct alternative to the Polo, but if you are looking for something close to it with some compromises, here’s what comes to my mind.

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Kia Seltos HTE or Renault Duster RxZ

This is a great question. Not a lot of people directly compare the Duster to the Seltos because not many know that the Duster went through a huge price revision and is priced like a compact SUV while being a non-compact one (above 4m in length).

The Renault Duster RxZ and Kia Seltos HTE variants are very similarly priced.

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The Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos are very similar cars. What’s unique about them?

The Creta and Seltos are practically the same cars with the same platforms, engines and transmission options. They are differently packed and come with mildly different price tags.

While there could be quite a few differences that the Creta has, here’s what makes the biggest impact

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How to choose between the 1.5L Diesel Ford Figo and the 1.0L Turbo Petrol Volkswagen Polo.

Powerful question, this one. It is not easy comparing the two. Not because the Volkswagen Polo’s 1.0L TSI is a turbo petrol and the Ford Figo’s 1.5L TDCI is a turbo diesel, but it is because of what these cars stand for.

Both the cars are emotional purchases, you buy either one because you are impressed by what it does and not what it has.

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Question – Should I pick a manual or automatic transmission for my Kia Seltos?

The Kia Seltos (Hyundai Creta too) is one car that offers a wide range of engines and transmissions. I don’t think any other single model offers 3 engines + 4 types of transmissions in the Indian auto ecosystem.

Coming to which could be better between the manual and the automatic, it falls back completely on which engine you’re looking to buy.

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Question – Tata Altroz Petrol or Ford Freestyle diesel?

The Tata Altroz and Ford Freestyle are cars that don’t usually get compared head-on, but when you compare the prices – we understand, it does create confusion.

The better way to approach this confusion is to look at how these cars are different. All cars, just like regular products, have strengths and weaknesses. And compare them what you’re looking for in a car.

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Deciding between the Tata Altroz Diesel and the Ford Aspire Diesel

The Tata Altroz is the newest car in the segment. The Ford Aspire, yet old, has a significant market share when it comes to diesel engines. While both have 1.5L diesel engines, the differences is all about how the cars are built around these engines and how different they are when it comes to their attributes.

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